Nizar – “The trophy is a gift for all Tunisians”
Khenfir Nizar, Assistant head coach of Carthage Eagles has dedicated his team’s triumph at the 2011 African Nations Championship (CHAN) to the people of Tunisia.
Second half strikes from Mejdi Traoui,Dhaouiadi Zouhaier and Ousama Darragi ensured Tunisia beat Angola 3-0 to emerge champions at the second edition of the tournament meant for only local-based footballers.
“This title is a gift to the people of Tunisia. They have gone through a lot during the past few months, and this our way of making them happy,” an elated Nizar told Cafonline.com.
Despite winning by the biggest margin at the tournament, Sami Trabelsi’s deputy explained that it was difficult playing the tactical Angolan side again, after drawing one all in their previous meeting at the group phase.
“It was very difficult playing against Angola again because they are very tactical. We made some tactical changes by using the wings compared to the first meeting where we played from the middle.
“The tactical changes worked to perfection and we scored the first goal in the second half. After the second goal, the Angolans gave up and we managed to score the third goal.”
Nizar is hoping that their feat will restore normal life back to Tunisia.
It is the first major success for the Carthage Eagles since winning the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.
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